Breaking: Stokes and Archer star as England crash South Africa in World Cup Opener
England’s Ben Stokes produced superb all-round performance as England started their quest to win the World Cup with a 104-run thrashing of South Africa in the opening game of the tournament at the Oval on Thursday.
Stokes top-scored with 89 in England´s 311, held a fantastic catch and took two for 12, including the last wicket, as England won with 61 balls left and with that victory the mood at The Oval was well beyond festive. Right arm quick Jofra Archer did the early damage with the ball, the fast bowler taking three for 27 in seven overs that includes sending Amla back after the bumper on his helmet.
Ben Stokes was one of four England batsmen who scored 50 on a tricky surface, with Jason Roy (54), captain Eoin Morgan (57) and Root (51) and none of them could turn those fifties into big hundreds. England started their journey with a bang in Cricket World Cup 2019.
In chase, South Africa never looked comfortable, especially against Jofra Archer’ bumpers. He made them look terrible before striking Hashim Amla on his helmet. Amla was sent back just to check whether he is completely fine. Aiden Markram joined QDK then to bat, he played some gorgeous drives and showed his strong techinque of batting once again before got nicked to Jofra Archer.
Quinton de Kock had rescued South Africa with help Rassie van der Dussen. The South African wicketkeeper was removed by England’s superior wicket taking bowler in the middle overs, Liam Plukett. There were couple of fifties, though, de Kock and van der Dussen scored 68 and 50 respectively but almost every other South African batsman failed to show any fight.
South Africa will play their next match against Bangladesh on June 2 at London while England will be taking on Pakistan for their 2nd game in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Nottingham on June 3.